Film Honors: 2007

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today.  Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part II

Like many of the great film characters in cinema, the need and act for survival are crucial – and that is prominent in the next ten female characters on our list. Whether it be in the emptiness of space, or on the ground of the streets, women (and girls) do what they need to keep […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Barfly

Barfly is a film that I have loved for a long time. I can’t remember how old I was when I saw it, or what year it was, but I knew what I was watching was something to behold. It’s not an overly impressive film the way The Godfather or Star Wars is, but in […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part I

I think you get the point of this series. Although we ought to have a good selection of those female characters that literally kick ass (or punch faces, shoot guns, leap from buildings, kill monsters etc etc), we also dive a little deeper, and dig out those characters that define Kick-Ass in other familiar ways. […]

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#TIFF16: Jordan Ruimy’s Abridged Coverage

Below are excerpts from writing both at http://www.mrruimy.com and The Film Stage – click on titles to link to original content. From #TIFF16 Review: The Magnificent Seven “The question that must first be asked when discussing Antoine Fuqua’s misbegotten “The Magnificent Seven is simple: why? Why remake the much celebrated original with its pristine Elmer Bernstein […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Ten

When LGBT filmmaking hits its stride, it can be a wonder to behold – capturing the public conscience, breaking down barriers, travelling across artistic genres. At its best, the honesty and passion come through whether the setting is the open range, a 50s department store, or a Portland street corner. Characters range from a blue-haired […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Mustang

CLOSING DAY Friday 16th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Mustang Femme Filmmaker: Deniz Gamze Ergüven The five sisters majestically depicted in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang reside in a truly beautiful coastal town, but their current lifestyles appear to be that of oppression and claustrophobia, told where not to go and what not to do, and […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Beyond the Lights

DAY NINE Thursday 15th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Beyond the Lights Femme Filmmaker: Gina Prince-Bythewood Beyond the Lights was the other half of the Gugu Mbatha-Raw breakthrough combo of 2014 (the other being Belle, also directed by a woman). Gina Prince-Bythewood’s romantic drama also features Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, and Danny Glover (who also […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Day Eight Change of Plan

DAY EIGHT Wednesday 14th September 2016 (all-day event) NOTE: Due to streaming ending in the UK of the scheduled film It Felt Like Love directed by Eliza Hittman, then the Femme Filmmakers Festival viewing will have to be substituted – unless of course you can find a legitimate stream yourselves. The film is still available […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Nine

What is the most effective way to tell a story? The next ten submissions on our list run the gamut from free-style invention to lush homage. Perhaps the best way to convey the vision is a straight A-to-B narrative with clever writing; maybe just a short film will suffice. Designing suitable and appealing architecture from […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: What Happened, Miss Simone?

DAY SIX Sunday 11th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: What Happened, Miss Simone? Femme Filmmaker: Liz Garbus The title What Happened, Miss Simone? was a question asked by Maya Angelou, and documentary film-maker Liz Garbus strives to perhaps answer this, but also shine some light on the illustrious singer and cultural icon. The well-received feature-length […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn

DAY FIVE Saturday 10th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn Femme Filmmaker: Liv Corfixen Danish film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn is married to Liv Corfixen, a woman who is certainly not afraid to pick up a camera and direct her own narrative. In this frustratingly short documentary, Corfixen candidly expresses […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Eight

Relationships, or the lack of, can drive characters to success or oblivion. It can be a hidden surprise that reveals itself too late to make any rational judgment, an obsession that darkens the soul, or a flamboyant road trip where the only things in the closet are the wigs. Part Eight looks at a range […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: We Need To Talk About Kevin

DAY FOUR Friday 9th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin Femme Filmmaker: Lynne Ramsay Bringing Lionel Shriver’s novel to the screen took some time for director Lynne Ramsay to get made, a psychological drama echoing the despairs of motherhood. We Need To Talk About Kevin focuses on the troubled, off-the-wall […]

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15 Life Lessons From School Movies

Illustrating the speed in which the time in our lives goes by so quickly, today I got the honor of walking my 4 year-old daughter to her very first day of school. Four? I mean, she was a baby not long ago, with diapers, unable to speak properly. Right? Should I start applying to universities? […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Middle of Nowhere

DAY THREE Sunday 4th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Middle of Nowhere Femme Filmmaker: Ava DuVernay A hit at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Directing award for Ava DuVernay, who also wrote and produced, Middle of Nowhere features a stand-out performance from Emayatzy Corinealdi whose promising life is tainted when her […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Seven

Taking on the challenges that come with being true to oneself will ultimately provide only one reward – that of knowing exactly who you are. Part Seven examines the emotional maze we find ourselves in whether we’re navigating relationships or finding a way through the hazards of life while steadfastly keeping one’s identity in tact. […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Girlhood

DAY TWO Saturday 3rd September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Girlhood Femme Filmmaker: Céline Sciamma Bande de filles from French translates to group of girls, whereas it’s English title Girlhood may suggest something slightly different. Both interpretations, that these teenage girls form a tough cliche, and that there is a penetrating friendship, ring true in Céline […]

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